If you are thinking of putting up a business, food is a real industry to choose. New Zealand has both locals and tourists that are willing to spend money on a variety of food products. But before your goods hit the shelves, there are issues you need to know: food allergies and food allergen testing procedures.
How is it in New Zealand?
There Is No Precise Data About Food Allergies
Although there are many studies about food allergies in New Zealand, statistics are still not clear because available data are limited. But Allergy New Zealand cites at least eight different kinds of triggers. These are cow’s milk, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, fish, wheat, and soy.
Some may also react to kiwi fruit. Food allergies are common among children, but New Zealand is one of the developed countries with the highest prevalence of asthma.
Death Tends to Be Rare
People react differently to food. Some do not develop allergies while others may experience mild to severe. There are also cases when there is a delayed reaction after ingestion. One of the bad outcomes of allergies is anaphylaxis.
This occurs when the body experiences a systemic shutdown after eating an allergen. The air’s passageway narrows down, the tongue tightens, and blood pressure plummets. Overall, anaphylactic death is rare in New Zealand and Australia.
Manufacturers Need to Declare the Allergens
New Zealand requires all food manufacturers to indicate certain allergens present in the food. These include fish and other fish products, soy beans and peanuts, gluten, sesame seeds, and milk and other dairy products. These allergens may be inside a box or set in bold for quick and easy reading.
You can also use broader terms like “may contain traces of . . .” It is also necessary to identify additives that may also have allergens or if you are using the same plant that manufacturers products with allergens.
As manufacturers, you cannot second-guess your food products. A recall can hurt your business badly. Make sure your food goes through food allergen testing before it enters the markets.